This Mother’s Day weekend I was treated to trip to one of my favorite German cities and a bit of history.
Hubby, Amazing Daughter, and I went back to Nuremberg. We went to a part of the city that holds a lot of memories.
First stop was Soldiers Field. This was where around a million soldiers paraded and listened to Hitler. If you have watched any coverage of the History channel you know how vital this was during the Third Reich.
It seems so peaceful now. I have to admit I had goose bumps walking around. Years ago when Hubby was in the military in Nuremberg, we attended a 4th of July celebration at this very site. Billy Joel was there too!
Here is the platform where Hitler would review the troops and speak.
Now, the area is part soccer field, part motorcycle driving school. We also saw a lot of skateboarders.
We decided to eat lunch before our next stop. Across the street from the field was an old train station that has been turned into a great place to eat. This was the train station that delivered the troops for the Third Reich ‘celebrations’.
Next we headed to the Documentation Museum. We have actually never been to this museum. We were excited to see it.
The building was the Congress Hall during the Nazi regime. They never finished the building. The city of Nuremberg in 2001 turned into a museum. It was very informational and thought provoking.
Part of the building was built in a semicircle shape.
Our final stop was the site of the Nuremberg Trials. Again, another destination that allows reflection.
The Hall of Justice is still being used today. It seems so understated.
This is the actual courtroom the Nuremberg Trials took place in.
Of course the set up is different. There is just something about standing in a place where history was made.
This is one of the benches that the war criminals sat on. I have to admit that I was happy to see they were plain and probably very uncomfortable to sit on. Above the courtroom they had an excellent exhibit about the trial and the players. I did not know that John Steinbeck attended the trials.
I know it seems strange to spend a Mother’s Day weekend viewing unpleasant events in history. Enjoyment came from being able to reflect and learn from the past.